Restaurant Reviews

Flower Drum: Restaurant review

Flower Drum

Address

17 Market La
Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Mon-Sat noon-3pm;
Dinner Mon-Sat 6pm-11pm, Sun 6pm-10.30pm

Prices

E $10-$32
M $26-$70
D $10-$18;
banquets $125 - $200

REVIEW

There are Chinese restaurants, and there is Flower Drum. The Australian home of Cantonese perfection is certainly august, but staid it is not. Anthony Lui's produce-led verve can take unexpected directions, whether it's fat slices of heat-licked abalone on mung bean noodles with a dipping sauce based on Maggi soy, or a supermeaty mud crab claw tossed in the pungent house XO with sweet pops of sugar-snap pea. When the weather cools, double-boiled soup with wallaby tail and loganberry might appear in all its restorative glory, and as for honey chicken, you might swoon over a minimalist version featuring the warming crunch of young ginger. Service takes this grande dame beyond a virtuoso performance thanks to maître d' Jason Lui and A-grade waitstaff, many of whom have walked the plush carpet of the dining room for more than 20 years.

Phone:
(03) 9662 3655

Bookings:
Bookings essential

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Anthony Lui

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.